From PASSHE press release | June 8, 2021

“Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has announced two partnerships involving State System universities, the private sector, and community agencies are the first recipients of #Prepared4PA grants that support the creation of innovative credentialing programs to help Pennsylvanians advance in their careers. The State System Foundation will serve as a strategic thought partner and administrator for the program.

Initial funding was provided by major national donors including the Lumina Foundation and Strada Education Network. Ongoing funding to support the tuition costs of students who benefit from the efforts will come from employers, government grants and philanthropy.

First, an agribusiness pilot is designed to address workforce demands and the subsequent career pathways of those who work in that industry. This partnership involves Shippensburg University, the GIANT Co., Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and SCPa Works. It will create upskilling programs for current workers and serve as a model that could migrate across other industries in the Commonwealth.”